Child Protection and Wellbeing Update10th Oct 2018 | Written by Dougie Cameron
We believe that triathlon is a sport for all, offering amazing sporting experiences to everyone who wishes to take part, regardless of their level. Above everything else, it is important to us that triathlon provides a positive, safe and supportive environment.
At Triathlon Scotland we recognize, and take exceptionally seriously, our responsibility to promote safe practice and to protect everyone in our sport from harm, abuse, bullying and exploitation. Triathlon Scotland is committed to safeguarding the protection and wellbeing of all children, young people, adults and vulnerable adults involved in our sport.
In July last year we asked Jacqueline Conway, former Detective Superintendent with Lothian and Borders Police and Colin Anderson, former Director of Social Work in Midlothian, who brought significant strategic and practical experience in child protection, to help us to assess where we were, what gaps we had and how to quality assure what we do in our child protection approach. Since then Colin and Jacqueline have helped us update our policies and procedures and improve how we implement them. Now, with their support, we are pleased to launch our new information and education portal for staff, volunteers and clubs.
The wellbeing of children and young people is now enshrined in law. Our revised approach is consistent with sportscotland and Children 1st and focuses on our participant’s wellbeing, ensuring that every child is safe, healthy, achieving, nurtured, active, respected, responsible and included.
Having created a world-class framework, it is incumbent upon everyone involved in Triathlon in Scotland – our clubs, event organisers, coaches, technical officials, volunteers and athletes – to ensure that we guarantee the protection of children, young people, adults and vulnerable adults involved in our sport.
This has been an important and significant piece of work for Triathlon Scotland, and we are very grateful to sportscotland for providing funding for the review, Children First for their ongoing support and to Colin and Jacqueline for helping us to get to this stage in our journey.
Now it is over to YOU to help make this happen. We have provided resources on our website and our Development Officers will reach out to help you implement best practice. Let’s work together to make Triathlon a positive, safe and supportive environment!
All Triathlon Scotland Athlete Wellbeing information can be accessed here.